New campaign aims to improve the health of people living with HIV and prevent further transmission
The US Department of Health and Human Services has launched a nationwide campaign called “I am an ART Work” to encourage people living with HIV who are not in care to seek and stay in care and get viral suppression.
“Anyone living with HIV can stay healthy and reach their potential with an HIV drug called antiretroviral therapy (ART). When taken as prescribed, ART enables people living with HIV to protect their health and the health of others,” said ADM Rachel L. Levine, MD, Assistant Secretary of Health. “‘I am a work of art’ focuses on the positive benefits of viral suppression.”
People living with HIV who take antiretroviral therapy as prescribed to achieve and maintain viral suppression can live long, healthy lives and will not transmit HIV to their HIV-negative partners through sex.
The campaign features people living with HIV from different backgrounds – cisgender, transgender, black, Latino, Native American, young and old – who share their stories of life and flourishing as a “work of art”.
“Engaging the community, including those with lived experience, local leaders and vendors in strategic locations across the country, we collectively post ‘I am a work of art’ to help people who have the no longer needed,” said Kaye Hayes, MPA. , assistant assistant secretary for infectious diseases and director of the Bureau of Infectious Diseases and HIV/AIDS Policy.
A full summer of campaign activity is planned, including a June 18 roundtable among creative campaign partners, moderated by Harold Phillips, director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy.
Viral suppression is a key strategy of the IOPD and the entire federal government under the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (2022-2025) (NHAS) and the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the United States (EHE). The NHAS and EHE initiatives both aim to reduce new HIV infections in the United States by 90% by 2030.
For more information about the “I am a Work of ART” campaign, visit HIV.gov/ART.